British Airways plane diverted to Shannon after smoke reported on board

It is the second time in a week that a BA plane has been diverted to ShannonIt is the second time in a week that a BA plane has been diverted to Shannon

A British Airways passenger jet was forced to make a U-turn over the Atlantic this evening and divert to Shannon after the crew reported smoke on board.It is the second time in less than a week that a British Airways Boeing 777 jet has experienced difficulties and landed at Shannon.Flight 173 was travelling from London to New York and was over two hours into its journey when it turned around.

The plane landed safely shortly before 6.20pm.

Emergency services had been standing by but were stood down shortly before the jet landed.

A replacement aircraft will take the passengers to their destination.On Saturday, another British Airways 777 diverted to Shannon after the crew declared an emergency and donned their oxygen masks after they detected smoke in the cockpit.The aircraft landed safely and a replacement plane was brought in to complete the service.Just last Monday, the Air Accident Investigation Unit of the Department of Transport issued its final report into an incident last December involving a British Airways 777.That flight diverted to Shannon on 2 December last after the crew experienced three smoke related incidents over the Atlantic.

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Engine parts from Boeing 777 carrying 258 people fell 15,000ft onto Hertfordshire village striking property after mid-air fault

Fault: Parts of a Royal Brunei Boeing 777 fell as it flew at 15,000ftBy SARA SMYTH

Parts of a plane’s engine fell from 15,000ft onto a Heretfordshire village as it made its ascent from Heathrow, according to an investigation.

The debris came from a Boeing 777 bound for Dubai which had 256 passengers and 12 crew on board.

Moments after take off in December last year, the crew heard a ‘loud, rumbling noise’ and vibration coming from one of the two Rolls Royce Trent turbofan engines.

Fault: Parts of a Royal Brunei Boeing 777 fell as it flew at 15,000ft. The pilot landed the plane as a precaution after vibrations were felt coming from the engine

The 56-year-old pilot of the Royal Brunei Airlines jet decided to return to the airport as a precaution, where engineers found part of the engine was missing.

It was later discovered that parts had fallen on the village of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

The main part of the broken engine had fallen on a building in the village, the report from the Department for Transport’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch said.

Now the engine’s manufacturers have launched an investigation into how the right-hand engine’s thrust reverser assembly became damaged.

The report said : ‘This was the fifteenth similar occurrence known to the manufacturer.

Landing: The parts fell onto a building in Broxbourne, Heretfordshire. When the aircraft landed, engineers noticed the missing partsLanding: The parts fell onto a building in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire. When the aircraft landed, engineers noticed the missing parts

‘The aircraft manufacturer has advised that replacement of the thrust reverser inner wall will be required and may be mandated for all affected aircraft.

‘A considerable amount of the missing composite structure was recovered later that day from a property in Broxbourne.’

No passengers or crew were hurt in the incident and it is believed that no one in the village was injured.

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Third Asiana flight 214 victim dies of her injuries

A San Francisco hospital says a third victim of a plane crash, a Chinese girl, has died from her injuries.

She was among about a dozen injured still in hospital after Asiana flight 214 struck a sea wall as it approached the airport too low last week.

And officials now confirm another victim was hit by a fire truck as she lay on the tarmac, police say.

Ye Mengyuan, 16, was found covered in fire-fighting foam in the tyre tracks of the truck.

It is not clear if she was still alive when it hit her.

Dozens of passengers were also wounded, although most suffered minor injuries.

Critical condition

Ye’s cause of death has not yet been established, but county coroners have suggested their findings could be released next week.

“We know for sure she was at least run over one time, but at the time she was under foam, so nobody could have seen her,” San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told the San Francisco Chronicle.

She and another Chinese 16-year-old who died, Wang Linjia, had been in the rear of the plane, where many of the most seriously injured passengers were seated. Their bodies bodies were found on the tarmac.

The third victim’s name and age were not released at the request of her parents.

About a dozen passengers remain in hospital on Friday, including three in critical condition.

The plane came in much too shallow last Saturday before its main landing gear struck a sea wall well short of the end of the runway. The tail of the 777 was ripped off.

The plane went into a 360-degree spin before coming to rest.

Officials have said that pilots only realised the plane was flying too slowly seconds before the crash.

The pilot, who was about half way through his training, pushed the throttles to speed up and then tried to abort the landing, but it was too late.

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Pilot tried to ‘abort landing’ of Boeing San Francisco crash

Air crashBy Sophie Griffiths

The pilot of the Boeing 777 that crash-landed at San Francisco airport on the weekend tried to abort the landing, US investigators have said.

Two school girls were killed in the accident, and dozens injured, when the flight from Seoul, which was carrying 307 passengers, fell short of the runway on Saturday.

The aircraft is thought to have hit a sea wall, ripping off its tail.

Passengers and crew were forced to escape down emergency slides as the Asiana Airlines plane burst into flames.

The airline confirmed that two Chinese teenagers, who had been seated at the back of the aircraft, were killed in the crash.

However, the BBC reported that San Francisco’s coroner was still trying to determine whether one of the two fatalities occurred after a passenger was run over by an emergency vehicle rushing to the scene of the crash.

Asiana Airlines said the pilot had been flying into the Californian city for the first time at the controls of a 777.

The chief of the National Transportation Safety Board said at a news conference on Sunday that the aircraft’s speed was below the planned 158 mph as it approached the runway.

Deborah Hersman cited information from both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder, and said there was a call to increase the speed around two seconds before the impact.

The pilot then reportedly requested to abort the landing and “go around”, she added.

“We have to take another look at the raw data and corroborate it with radar and air traffic information to make sure we have a very precise speed,” she explained. “But again, we are not talking about a few knots here or there. We’re talking about a significant amount of speed below 137,” she said.

When questioned as to how this could have happened, Hersman stressed that “everything is on the table” and “it is too early to rule anything out”.

It has also since emerged that although the pilot who was at the controls had nearly 10,000 flying hours,  only 43 hours of those were on a Boeing 777.

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San Francisco Boeing 777 crash ‘not mechanical failure’

A Boeing 777 aircraft that crash-landed at San Francisco airport killing two people did not have mechanical problems, an airline official has said.

The head of the South Korean airline Asiana, Yoon Young-doo, did not rule out human error but said the pilots were experienced veterans.

Most of the 307 people on board were injured, 49 of them seriously.

The plane came down short of the runway, ripping off its tail, after apparently hitting a sea wall.

One survivor said the plane came in to land too fast and too low, but there was no warning of problems.

Passengers and crew escaped down emergency slides as it burst into flames.

Good record

Mr Yoon apologised “deeply” for the effect the accident had had on all those involved, bowing in front of TV cameras at a Seoul news conference.

He said there was no emergency alarm and the crew had made the usual requests to passengers to fasten their seatbelts to prepare for landing.

Eyewitness Ki Siadatan: “[The plane] seemed like it was out of control”

“Currently we understand that there were no engine or mechanical problems,” he said.

The pilots were veterans, he added, and one had more than 10,000 flying hours.

Asiana confirmed that two female Chinese teenagers died in the crash. They had been seated at the back of the aircraft.

They are believed to be the first-ever fatalities in a Boeing 777 crash.

The twin-engine aircraft has a good safety record for long-haul and is used by many major carriers.

The only previous notable crash occurred when a British Airways plane landed short of the runway at London’s Heathrow Airport in 2008.

Asiana Airlines plane on fire (7 July 2013)Smoke billows from the burning plane after it crash-landed on San Francisco International Airport’s Runway 28L
Boeing said in a statement it would provide technical assistance to the investigation.

Five people are in critical condition at San Francisco General Hospital, hospital spokesperson Rachael Kagan said. Three others are being treated at Stanford Hospital.

Altogether 181 people were taken to hospital, mostly with minor injuries.

There were 291 passengers and 16 crew on board, Asiana said.

Nationalities on board included 141 Chinese, 77 South Koreans and 61 US citizens, the airline said.

All of the passengers have been accounted for.

Footage of the scene showed debris strewn on the runway and smoke pouring from the jet, as fire crews sprayed a white fire retardant into gaping holes in the craft’s roof.

One engine and the tail fin were broken away from the main wreckage.

Quick evacuation

Passenger Ben Levy said there had been no warning of problems, although the plane appeared to be coming in too fast and too low.

“It happened in a flash, nobody was worried about anything,” he said.

But once the aircraft crashed, “there was chaos, disbelief, screaming”.

“My seat had been pushed to the floor, it was a mess everywhere,” Mr Levy recalled.

Nevertheless, people “calmed down pretty quickly” and evacuated the plane without pushing or stepping on each other.

Meanwhile another passenger, David Eun, tweeted a picture of people evacuating down the plane’s emergency inflatable slidesand wrote: “I just crash landed at SFO. Tail ripped off. Most everyone seems fine. I’m ok. Surreal…”

A witness to the crash, Ki Siadatan, said the plane “looked out of control” as it descended over San Francisco Bay to land just before 11:30 (18:30 GMT).

“We heard a ‘boom’ and saw the plane disappear into a cloud of dust and smoke,” he told the BBC. “There was then a second explosion.”

Arrivals and departures at the airport have been suspended since the incident.

Sourced from BBC World News

Qatar eyes new routes after aircraft order

Qatar eyes new routes after aircraft orderBy Phil Davies

Qatar Airways kicked off a week of deals for new aircraft on the opening day of the Paris Air Show by ordering nine extended range Boeing 777s.The additional aircraft will help the airline open new routes and add capacity to its growing network.The airline’s outstanding order for seven 777s will increase to 16 – and boost its current fleet of the model from 35 to 51 aircraft.

Chief executive Akbar Al Baker said: “With its reliability, economics and range capability, the 777 will continue to play a key role in enabling Qatar Airways to operate more direct non-stop flights from our hub in Doha to destinations in many markets including Australasia and the United States.

“We have already shown a desire to open up new destinations in the US and the Boeing 777 will further feature in our expansion plans in this part of the world, in addition to increasing frequency to other destinations.

Qatar Airways has its newest aircraft, a 787 Dreamliner, on static display at the air show having flown direct from Boeing’s assembly plant in Seattle. The new addition takes the carrier’s Dreamliners up to six aircraft.

Tui Travel confirmed a $1.56 billion order for fuel efficient ‘Leap’ engines from manufacturer CFM International to power its 60 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 due for delivery from 2018. The travel group also has options on 60 additional Leap-powered 737s.

Tui Travel chief executive Peter Long said: “The Leap engine will provide outstanding fuel efficiency, along with best-in-class reliability and operating economics. That makes is a great fit for the 737 MAX and for our operations. We look forward to welcoming this new engine into our fleet.”

Airbus reportedly secured more orders than rival Boeing on the opening day of the show.

Airbus announced orders worth $18.3 billion to Boeing’s $6.1 billion. The largest of these was a provisional order of 20 A380s by aircraft financing group Doric.

Sourced from Travel Weekly

British Airways latest Boeing 777-300 departs Cardiff for Heathrow

The aircraft with the registration of G-STBF arrived at the British Airways Maintenance Center, Cardiff Airport on the 22nd of February.

The 777-300 arrived at Cardiff with World Traveller (economy) and World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) seating already installed.

The team at BAMC have installed the Club World (Business Class) and new First Cabins, including all seating , sidewalls and in the case of new First, window panels with integrated blinds.

They also load in-flight entertainment software, and perform certain system checks before the aircraft joins the fleet for commercial service.

Our sources are suggesting that British Airways are expecting the delivery of another Boeing 777 aircraft during late 2013.

Written by Wales Air Forum